Tulane's first home game since Katrina in Superdome

Updated: February 10, 2006, 6:59 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Tulane, which played all 11 of its 2005 games on the road thanks to Hurricane Katrina, will return to the Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, Sept. 30, in the first of five 2006 home games in the schedule.

The Green Wave plays Conference USA rival SMU -- one of four schools which played host to Tulane teams last fall -- in Tulane's first "true" home game since the storm.

Tulane's other home games are Rice (Oct. 7), Southern Miss (Nov. 11) and Central Florida (Nov. 18) in the Louisiana Superdome, along with non-conference visitor Army (Oct. 28).

Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson said Friday that the new schedule takes into account work being done to repair the hurricane-damaged Superdome.

Tulane opens the 2006 season Sept. 9 at Houston in the first of three straight September road games.

One week later, the Green Wave will play Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. before renewing its series with longtime in-state rival LSU on Sept. 23 in Baton Rouge.

"It will be a challenge for our team to open with three straight road games, but if that means we're back in our home stadium for the last two months of the season, it will be worth the wait," Dickson said.

Tulane and LSU announced last summer that the teams will play a 10-game home and home series beginning in 2006. Tulane has played the Tigers more than any other team in its history.

After back-to-back home games against SMU and Rice, Tulane will travel to Texas-El Paso Oct. 14 before facing its third Southeastern Conference opponent of the season in a game at Auburn Oct. 21.

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